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3 wks how long in each place???

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3 wks how long in each place???

we are planning to go to canada next year for about 3 wks visiting the following places -

Calgary for stampede

Jasper

Vancouver

Victoria - Vancouver Island.

OK here's the dilemma how long to spend in each place, what we are thinking of is -

Calgary 3 nights

Vancouver 7 nights

I would love to do 7 nights in Jasper but this would only leave 4 in Victoria. Is there enough to do and see in Jasper to justify a 7 night stay, is 4 nights long enough in Victoria? We do not drive so obviously would be getting around by public transport (flying from calgary to vancouver), or taking tours.

Any thoughts please? We would be so grateful for any ideas, thanks ever so much.

Anne and Jim

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1. Re: 3 wks how long in each place???

The route between Calgary and Vancouver via the Canadian Rocky Mountain parks is a well-travelled and much discussed itinerary, although because of the geographic scope of it, the information is scattered among many forums. I would suggest browsing recent posts in the following: Canadian Rockies, Alberta, Banff, Jasper, Whistler, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, British Columbia, Kamloops etc. (Also, if you access the forums at, say, the provincial level - Alberta, and British Columbia - you can see all the sub-forums beneath.)

I would suggest breaking up 7 nights in the Rockies with 3 or 4 nights in Banff, and 3 or 4 nights in Jasper. Instead of posting in the "Canada" forum (which tends to be used for questions about the entire country), have a browse in the western Canada forums. On the "Canadian Rockies" forum, there is a "Top Question" (in the menu at the top right side of the page) that has a compilation of trip reports for western Canada (your sample itinerary is quite typical of what many visitors do) - reading that will no doubt help you set your own plans.

Online resources that will be useful for the Rockies -

The Jasper and Banff/Lake Louise tourism offices:

www.jasper.travel

www.banfflakelouise.com

... and Parks Canada: www.pc.gc.ca - pick whichever park you want info for (Banff, Jasper, Yoho & Kootenay; once you are at the park's page, you'll see a menu down the left - choose "Visitor information").

Also, one of the main attractions in the area is the drive from Lake Louise to Jasper on a highway known as the Icefields Parkway (rated by National Geographic as one of "Twenty Drives of a Lifetime" - www.icefieldsparkway.ca . Brewster Tours offers a day tour along it, which will get you from Banff to Jasper. (There are a few alternatives to get you from Calgary to Banff.) From Jasper to Vancouver, you may want to consider VIA Rail - www.viarail.ca . The other, not as comfortable option is the Greyhound bus www.greyhound.ca With a large land mass and scant population, public transport options are somewhat limited.

I'm not so sure about four days in Victoria. Part of its attraction is the quasi-British atmosphere - coming from "the real thing", this may not hold much attraction for you.

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